This 1-foot-tall horse holds the Guinness World Records title for the smallest equine

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Bombel is the Guinness World Records shortest living male horse, standing at just 1 foot 10 inches tall.

Bombel is by far the smallest equine resident of KasKada stud farm in Łódź, where he lives alongside many larger horses. His owners Patryk and Katarzyna Zielińska insist that, despite his small stature, their vertically disinclined stallion has "a huge personality and a huge heart."

According to the American Miniature Horse Association, the standard for a mini horse is anything below 9.5 hands (38 inches; 96.5 centimetres) at the withers, so Bombel comfortably qualifies.

The Zielińskas first saw Bombel in 2014, when he was just two months old. Even then, he was noticeably tiny, though his parents were normal size for miniature horses.

The professional horse breeders had a suspicion from early on that the new addition to their stables was special, as Katarzyna explained: "We thought something is going on with him. When he started growing up, we saw he wasn't growing as he was supposed to be. That was when we decided we should [approach] Guinness World Records."

While his status as the smallest horse in the world may now have confirmed him to be one-of-a-kind, Bombel hasn’t let the glory go to his head. He still finds time to do some voluntary work.

Once a month, he visits a local children's hospital to help brighten the day of the young patients. Having seen horses going into US hospitals as emotional support animals, Katarzyna was inspired to do the same.

"Bombel has changed our lives completely because he allows us to help other people and make kids happy."

Interestingly, reactions at the hospital to this small horse tend to vary between young and old.

"The kids just love Bombel and they don’t care about his size. The adults are: 'What’s that!' They cannot even imagine such a small horse."

The shortest horse ever is Thumbelina, who sadly passed away in 2018. This miniature sorrel brown mare from St Louis, Missouri, measured at 44.5 centimetres (1 foot 5 inches) tall.

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